British Tinnitus Association creates a new resource to help you ‘Take on Tinnitus’

Posted by 616 on September 29, 2016

British Tinnitus Association creates a new resource to help you ‘Take on Tinnitus’

September 29, 2016 at 8:01 PM

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British Tinnitus Association creates a new resource to help you ‘Take on Tinnitus’

New online help for people new to tinnitus is now available at www.takeontinnitus.co.uk

Take on Tinnitus is a new website aimed at people who have just begun to experience tinnitus. One in ten of UK adults have tinnitus and there are approximately 750,000 GP consultations about tinnitus in England each year.

The Take on Tinnitus site has been developed by the British Tinnitus Association (BTA), David Stockdale, Chief Executive of the BTA said. “We’re really pleased to be launching this site. When we first experience tinnitus it can be frightening and it’s difficult to know what can be done to help manage it effectively. Take on Tinnitus guides you through the condition and helps identify some simple strategies to keep it under control.”

The site is designed so it can be used on mobile phones, tablets or computers. After an initial taster session, there are seven learning modules covering: the fundamentals of tinnitus, hearing and tinnitus, benefits of using sound, the link between tinnitus and relaxation, sleep and tinnitus, the benefits of talking about it and living your life with tinnitus.

Each module takes just 10-15 minutes to complete and includes a range of interactive exercises, video clips and self-tests all designed to keep users engaged in their learning.

Musician Isobel Anderson is one of the contributors to videos on the site. She said: “I think it’s a really great idea, and will give people newly diagnosed with tinnitus a much better understanding of what they're facing. I really wish I’d had something like this when I first got my tinnitus. “

GPs are encouraged to give patients the Take on Tinnitus website address as a step towards managing their condition. GP Tom Polito said: “I think it will be useful for newly diagnosed patients and GP's”. Sandy Grimes, Hearing Therapist at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I really love the Take on Tinnitus website, it’s a brilliant resource for patients.”

David Stockdale added, “E-health projects like Take on Tinnitus have been found to be very effective in helping to manage other medical conditions. With over 1 in 20 of the 1.2 trillion Google searches being health related we know that people often turn to the internet for help when they first experience tinnitus. Sadly there are a lot of scare stories and mis-information online so this site will help people with tinnitus get information quickly and easily.”

To use the site please go to www.takeontinnitus.co.uk

 

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